#R3COMM3ND3D2020 with #BookBlogger Nicki Mags (@Nicki_Mags) #SecretLibraryBookBlog #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #publishedin2020

Hello and a very warm welcome to damppebbles on the first Saturday in December. It’s always lovely to see you. Today I am delighted to welcome another brilliant book blogger to share three of their favourite 2020 titles with us. It’s the very lovely Nicki Mags of Secret Library Book Blog. You absolutely must give Nicki a follow if you don’t already as her blog is a veritable goldmine of bookish treats.

Before I go any further, I wanted to share that when I saw Nicki’s three #R3COMM3ND3D2020 picks, I got goosebumps. Those of you who know me may think it’s because of my obsession with a particular book. Well, this time, it’s not. After I’ve shared with you the three books Nicki chose, the number of individual books recommended this year will hit 100 exactly. The 100th book is just perfect and that’s the reason for the goosebumps. 

 So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2020? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers and bookstagrammers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2020. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2020 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes. 😉

Here are Nicki’s three #R3COMM3ND3D2020 picks…

R3C20 We begin at the end

We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker
This book was amazing and gave me a huge book hangover. I cared about the characters and thought about them constantly. I was still thinking about them days after I’d finish it, wandering how they were and if they were going to be okay.
Nicki’s Review of We Begin at the End

R3C20 the switch

The Switch by Beth O’Leary
i loved this audiobook it was such fun and made me laugh out loud on numerous occasions, especially when Eileen was telling her part of the story. I listened to an NetGalley copy and then bought my own copy as I know I’ll listen to it again sometime soon!
Nicki’s Review of The Switch

R3C20 dear reader

Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy of Books by Cathy Rentzenbrink
I knew as soon as I started reading this that I would love it. It felt like coming home, and filled me with such strong sense of calm reading about the author’s love of books and reading. This is a book I will read again and again and again!
Nicki’s Review of Dear Reader

Perfect choices, Nicki. Thank you for sharing them with us. The 100th book recommended as part of #R3COMM3ND3D2020 is Dear Reader which feels ‘right’. I’m thrilled to see We Begin at the End on your list as, and stop me if I’ve mentioned this before 😂, it’s my book of 2020. This is also the third time it’s been selected so we have an out and out leader! The book to currently beat is We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker.

If Nicki has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books recommended above, please see the following links:

We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker
The Switch by Beth O’Leary
Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy of Books by Cath Rentzenbrink

About Nicki Mags:
Hi I’m Nicki and I’ve been sharing the book love for over 4 years through my blog and social media. I’m a mood reader and never really know what I’ll be reading next. I love the blogging community and have made some lovely friends and discovered tonnes of wonderful books and authors.

Nicki’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Secret Library Book Blog | Twitter @Nicki_Mags | Facebook | Instagram @nicki_mags |

If you’re a book blogger, bookstagrammer or an author and you have three books published this year which you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/kHTQeQdiUNZTsW4d6)

#R3COMM3ND3D2020 with #BookBlogger Emma Kuyateh – Primary Teacher Bookshelf (@emmakuyateh) #PrimaryTeacherBookshelf #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #publishedin2020

Hello my bookish lovelies. It’s Friday – hoorah! I hope your weekend is full to the brim of wonderful books. What are you reading this weekend? Let me know in the comments.

One of the things I love about #R3COMM3ND3D2020 (apart from the books, obviously!) is the chance to meet new bloggers and authors. Today I am delighted to be joined by Emma Kuyateh who blogs over at Primary Teacher Bookshelf. I’ve had a good look round and got some great book recommendations from Emma’s blog for my two young readers.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2020? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers and bookstagrammers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2020. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2020 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes. 😉

Here are Emma’s three #R3COMM3ND3D2020 picks…

R3C20 the midnight guardians

The Midnight Guardians by Ross Montgomery
It’s the most magical of adventures that completely and utterly moved me – a perfect balance of humour, heart and historical detail woven into this wonderful World War 2 story. Nearly 2 weeks after reading it I can’t stop thinking about the characters – this book is one that will stay with me for a long time.
Emma’s Review of The Midnight Guardians

R3C20 the ghost of gosswater

The Ghost of Gosswater by Lucy Strange
I had a total book-over after reading this! A ghost story, a thrilling mystery, intrigue, gripping suspense, a treacherous villain, heroes, heroines all in a gothic Lake District setting – this was everything one could want in a book and then some!
Emma’s Review of The Ghost of Gosswater

R3C20 october, october

October, October by Katya Balen
October, October is the perfect Autumn read – you can almost smell the damp leaves, crisp air and smoke from a distant bonfire. I devoured it in one sitting, truly enthralled in the atmospheric setting descriptions and swept away by the sheer emotion.
Emma’s Review of October, October

Three lovely choices, thank you Emma. I’ll certainly be drawing my children’s attention to all three of your picks.

If Emma has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books recommended above, please see the following links:

The Midnight Guardians by Ross Montgomery
The Ghost of Gosswater by Lucy Strange
October, October by Katya Balen

About Emma Kuyateh:
I’ve been a primary school teacher for 16 years now and have always been an avid reader. During lockdown I discovered lots of wonderful bookish folk on Twitter who are mad about MG and children’s books. I joined Netgalley and launched my children’s book blog in August. This month’s project is to get my bookish instagram off the ground and make more bookish connections. I do read the odd book for grown-ups and when I do, my preferred genre is crime/thrillers.

Emma’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Primary Teacher Bookshelf | Twitter @emmakuyateh | Instagram @primaryteacherbookshelf |

If you’re a book blogger, bookstagrammer or an author and you have three books published this year which you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/kHTQeQdiUNZTsW4d6)

#R3COMM3ND3D2020 with #BookBlogger Jen Lucas (@JenMedBkReviews) #JenMedsBookReviews #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #publishedin2020

Hello bookish chums and welcome to a new day on the blog and more fabulous #R3COMM3ND3D2020 recommendations. Today I am delighted to be joined by the absolutely brilliant Jen Lucas of Jen Med’s Book Reviews. Jen’s blog is incredibly popular and it’s easy to see why. I’m a huge fan and I heartily recommend you give Jen Med’s Book Reviews a follow. You won’t regret it.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2020? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers and bookstagrammers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2020. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2020 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes. 😉

Here are the three books Jen recommends…

R3C20 the waiting rooms

The Waiting Rooms by Eve Smith
It may seem a bit perverse to be choosing a book about a world that is paralysed by an antibiotic resistant infection right now, but this book is so much more than that. Part crime thriller, part dissection of our perilous over reliance on antibiotics, Thai book is 100% thrilling and had me completely hooked. It also examines the fragility of our lives, last regrets and the absolute importance of family and is highly recommended by me and many others. Even reading it in the height of the first lockdown, this book felt timely and important.
Jen’s Review of The Waiting Rooms

R3C20 We begin at the end

We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker
This guy … Chris Whitaker has the amazing ability to write a book that completely takes you out of the present and into his fictional world, not letting go until you are done. Following a small group of people in a small American town whose lives have been torn apart by tragedy, this story looks deep into the heart of love, family, friendship and loyalty. The characters are so memorable, especially The Outlaw Duchess ‘Day’ Radley, I was left bereft when it finished. The story is moving, emotional, occasionally dark and very, very powerful. Just don’t tell Mr Whitaker I said so.
Jen’s Review of We Begin at the End

R3C20 ash mountain

Ash Mountain by Helen Fitzgerald
This is a short but incredibly powerful book. The imagery is stark, following the residents of a small Australian town caught up in a devastating bush fire, the impact is immense. With some tender, poignant and even occasionally funny moments, this book plays with all of your emotions and will leave you breathless by the end. There are some darker times to be read, difficult subjects handled carefully, as well as taking a good look at the subject of family and friendships. My lasting memories of this book? How fragile life can be and poor Ronnie Corbett.
Jen’s Review of Ash Mountain

Thanks so much for your brilliant choices, Jen. I’m particularly pleased to see We Begin at the End on your list as it’s my book of the year, without a shadow of a doubt. It’s now also in the lead along with She Lies Close by Sharon Doering, The Secrets of Strangers by Charity Norman and The Miseducation of Evie Epworth by Matson Taylor. I’m a little bit giddy. One of these four books could be our #R3COMM3ND3D2020 winner!

If Jen has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books recommended above, please see the following links:

The Waiting Rooms by Eve Smith
We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker
Ash Mountain by Helen Fitzgerald

About Jen Lucas:
Full time Contract Officer and part time moderately functioning book blogger I read to keep me sane. I live in a beautifully rural part of the country which means I have few distractions from my reading, other than going for lovely long walks.

If I’m not working, I’m generally reading. I a degree in American Studies and Literature but barely picked up a book in the fifteen or so years after graduating so have spent the past six or seven years making up for lost time (yes I’m that old). I love a good book and I love a good book recommendation.

Jen’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Jen Med’s Book Reviews | Twitter @JenMedBkReviews | Facebook | Instagram @jenmedsbookreviews | Instagram @ramblingreviewer |

If you’re a book blogger, bookstagrammer or an author and you have three books published this year which you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/kHTQeQdiUNZTsW4d6)

#R3COMM3ND3D2020 with #BookBlogger Namrata Ganti (@redpillows91) #redpillows #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #publishedin2020

Welcome bookish friends to damppebbles. Happy Wednesday. The weekend is almost in sight! Today I am delighted to welcome another brilliant book blogger (I have to ask, where are all the authors this year? Bloggers are smashing it!). It’s the lovely Namrata of redpillows. Namrata’s blog is fantastic so if you don’t already subscribe, head on over there in a tick and correct that.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2020? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers and bookstagrammers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2020. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2020 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes. 😉

Here are the three books Namrata chose…

R3C20 a heart so fierce and broken

A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) by Brigid Kemmerer
Brigid Kemmerer brings to us a well-written, action-packed sequel that follows Grey’s journey as he deals with the truth about who he is. The author weaves together a rather complicated set of emotions spread among all the characters, all layered one on top of the other. To get to them, we have to peel back each layer and deal with what is revealed. This story is a wonderful sequel to the first, showing us a different aspect of the plot and story and culminating in a cliff hanger, leaving the reader wanting for more! I am sure that every cursebreaker is impatiently waiting for the next book to know what happens!
Namrata’s Review of A Heart So Fierce and Broken

R3C20 who threw draco down the chimney

Who Threw Draco Down the Chimney? (Darya Nandkarni’s Misadventures #3) by Smita Bhattacharya
This is the third book in the series based on the eccentric character of Darya Nandkarni. Darya is a an accidental and amateur detective who seems to find her way towards mysteries or do they find her? That is a question for the reader to ponder!

Who Threw Draco Down the Chimney? is a very well-crafted mystery filled with the right amount of intrigue in a wonderful setting. Smita introduces the reader to the town of Sibiu in Romania. It is easy to imagine the town even without visiting it thanks to the detailed descriptions and precise explanations of the setting, the people, their mannerisms and lives! She paints a wonderful picture that draws the reader in and would even make the reader want to visit and explore this place!

This is a must read for everyone who enjoys mysteries set in unique places and with wonderful twists and turns!
Namrata’s Review of Who Threw Draco Down the Chimney

R3C20 337

337 by M. Jonathan Lee
This latest book by the author is a pleasure to read and though it raises many questions that ensure the reader is kept engaged long after finishing the book. A wonderfully written novel, the story follows Sam as he goes through the motions of living every day. However, not everything is at it seems, and this is a constant theme running in the background of the plot. This book is a must read!
Namrata’s Review of 337

Three great choices, thanks Namrata. The cover and title of A Heart So Fierce and Broken has really captured my attention. I can’t stop looking at the book!

If Namrata has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books recommended above, please see the following links:

A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
Who Threw Draco Down the Chimney by Smita Bhattacharya
337 by M. Jonathan Lee

About Namrata:
I have enjoyed reading and talking about books since childhood. This love for books led me to start my book review blog seven years ago! I enjoy talking to people about books and even promoting them. I have never been happier than when I have a book in hand!

Namrata’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| redpillows | Twitter @redpillows91 |

If you’re a book blogger, bookstagrammer or an author and you have three books published this year which you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/kHTQeQdiUNZTsW4d6)

#R3COMM3ND3D2020 with #BookBlogger Janet – LoveBooksReadBooks (@LBRBsBlogs) #LoveBooksReadBooks #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #publishedin2020

Woohoo, we’ve made it to December! What a month November was with so many brilliant book recommendations. My TBR is now bulging at the seams! Today marks day 31 of #R3COMM3ND3D2020 and joining me today is another brilliant book blogger. It’s Janet from LoveBooksReadBooks. I love Janet’s blog so if you’re not already following her, make sure you change that right now!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2020? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers and bookstagrammers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2020. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2020 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes. 😉

Let’s find out which three books from 2020 Janet recommends…

R3C20 Mexico Street

Mexico Street (Chastity Riley #3) by Simon Buchholz trans. Rachel Ward
First book of the year and it was a riveting read, captivating and enthralling to the end.
Janet’s Review of Mexico Street

R3C20 Paper sparrows

Paper Sparrows by Nathalie Abi-Ezzi
Paper Sparrows is a wonderful book.
Janet’s Review of Paper Sparrows

R3C20 little doubt

Little Doubt (Detective Kelly Porter #7) by Rachel Lynch
The latest in the excellent D I Kelly Porter series has, perhaps, more sociopolitical commentary in this storyline but it certainly is a very good police procedural and a great read.
Janet’s Review of Little Doubt

Three great choices, thank you Janet. I loved the first book in the Chastity Riley series so I need to get a wriggle on and catch up!

If Janet has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books recommended above, please see the following links:

Mexico Street by Simone Buchholz
Paper Sparrows by Nathalie Abi-Ezzi
Little Doubt by Rachel Lynch

About Janet:
I read books, blog about books, love books!

Janet’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| LoveBooksReadBooks | Twitter @LBRBsBlogs |

If you’re a book blogger, bookstagrammer or an author and you have three books published this year which you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/kHTQeQdiUNZTsW4d6)

#R3COMM3ND3D2020 with #BookBlogger Lynne LeGrow (@fictionophile) #Fictionophile #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #publishedin2020

Hello and welcome to a new week of #R3COMM3ND3D2020. We’re just past the halfway point (providing I can fill all 57 places – a handful are still available if you would like to take part!) so I wanted to share some interesting #R3COMM3ND3D2020 facts with you. So far (before I reveal today’s blogger and their three picks) 84 (EIGHTY-FOUR!!) brilliant books have been recommended. I’m afraid that’s it for interesting facts today 😂. If I were my husband I would have spreadsheets and pie charts to share too, but I’m not so I’m afraid you’ll have to make do with my one interesting fact for now 🤣.

I am delighted to welcome one of my favourite bloggers to share the book love with us today, it’s the fabulous Lynne of Fictionophile. Lynne’s blog is hugely popular and it’s clear to see why. If you don’t already follow Lynne then I recommend that you change that! She’s a bookish gem and an asset to the community.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2020? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers and bookstagrammers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2020. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2020 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes. 😉

Here are the three books Lynne chose…

R3C20 all in her head

All In Her Head by Nikki Smith
This debut thriller is a mesmerizing page-turner which deftly portrayed mental illness and a tortured soul with clarity that was only too real. The ending was chilling and assured that I will read more by this talented author.
Lynne’s Review of All In Her Head

R3C20 the creak on the stairs

The Creak on the Stairs by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir
The murder investigation was a slow burn. Multi-layered, it exposed secrets, shame, and egocentricity. A small town mystery with myriad ties to past sins. With themes of grief, loss, child abuse, and more, this story was well written and compelling with some secrets exposed near the end. The ending was both satisfying and poignant in equal measure.
Icelandic noir at its very finest!
Lynne’s Review of The Creak on the Stairs

R3C20 the sea gate

The Sea Gate by Jane Johnson
A dual timeline saga featuring two women who were both strong and resilient. They had many things in common despite their sixty+ year age difference.
The story set during the war years was vividly rendered and well researched. The present day story was also quite compelling, including themes of family secrets, blackmail, and elder abuse.
The ending wrapped up the book perfectly. Poignant and hopeful in equal measure.
Loved it! Every minute of it!
Lynne’s Review of The Sea Gate

Three great choices, thanks Lynne. I think there are a couple of additions to the wish list there too!

If Lynne has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books recommended above, please see the following links:

All In Her Head by Nikki Smith
The Creak on the Stairs by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir
The Sea Gate by Jane Johnson

About Lynne:
I started my book blog to share my love of reading with others, and to document my own reading. I am a retired public library cataloguer, so blogging about books is a way of staying in touch with my bookish passions.
When not reading or blogging I enjoy the company of family and friends, gardening, red wine, and playing with my baby grandson.

Lynne’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Fictionophile | Twitter @fictionophile | Instagram @fictionophile56 |

If you’re a book blogger, bookstagrammer or an author and you have three books published this year which you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/kHTQeQdiUNZTsW4d6)

#R3COMM3ND3D2020 with #BookBlogger Rae (@rae_reads1) #Rae Reads #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #publishedin2020

Hello and welcome to Sunday on damppebbles. I hope you’re managing to have a bookish weekend. Today I am delighted to welcome another wonderful book blogger to share three of their favourite 2020 releases with us. It’s the very lovely Rae of Rae Reads. I’m a huge fan of Rae’s blog so if you don’t already subscribe, that must change! You won’t regret it.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2020? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers and bookstagrammers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2020. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2020 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes. 😉

Here are Rae’s three #R3COMM3ND3D2020 picks…

R3C20 the nesting

The Nesting by C.J. Cooke
The Nesting was from the very beginning a special kind of story for me. It had a magical charm that captured my imagination along with a paranormal element that was woven in perfectly. The addition of dark folklore dotted throughout was guaranteed to make me love this book even more. At times I found myself smiling away at certain things the characters said or did. Both these lighter and darker moments show how well C. J. Cooke crafted her story into something extremely engaging for the reader.
Rae’s Review of The Nesting

R3C20 the thursday murder club

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
What a fun story this was! I couldn’t help but grow attached to this group. Even though they may live in a retirement village don’t let that fool you. These friends had lively and clever personalities that shined bright. I love cosy mysteries and The Thursday Murder Club is a brilliant example of one. With plenty of twists, surprises and secrets thrown in to keep me on my toes. There were moments that left me smiling, chuckling and maybe even a few times when I got a little teary. There is something very engaging about this book!
Rae’s Review of The Thursday Murder Club

R3C20 the return of the disappearing duke

The Return of the Disappearing Duke by Lara Temple
As soon as I started reading this book I knew I would love it! Everything worked so well for me. From the setting in Egypt to the characters themselves. The Return of the Disappearing Duke really was the perfect escape. Let’s just say that they go on quite an adventure, one that captured my attention from start to finish. From a memorable first meeting between this pair to their travels across the desert. Their interactions were very entertaining from the playful barbs to the smiles they shared. With plenty of adventure, a hint of danger and a captivating romance The Return of the Disappearing Duke was brilliant!
Rae’s Review of The Return of the Disappearing Duke

Thanks so much for your brilliant picks, Rae. I loved The Thursday Murder Club and I can’t wait for the second book in the series!

If Rae has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books recommended above, please see the following links:

The Nesting by C.J. Cooke
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
The Return of the Disappearing Duke by Lara Temple

About Rae:
I’m a mum of two and you can usually catch me reading or blogging about bookish things over on my blog. If I do find any extra time then I’ll probably be baking or knitting (badly) 😂

Rae’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Rae’s Reads | Twitter @rae_reads1 | Facebook | Instagram @raereads1 |

If you’re a book blogger, bookstagrammer or an author and you have three books published this year which you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/kHTQeQdiUNZTsW4d6)

#R3COMM3ND3D2020 with #BookBlogger Jen Thomason (@jenthomason1109) #DandelionsInspired #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #publishedin2020

Hello and happy weekend! I hope you have lots of bookish plans in store for the next two days. It’s day 28 of #R3COMM3ND3D2020 and today I am delighted to welcome another brilliant book blogger to share the #R3COMM3ND3D book love and help increase our tottering TBRs. It’s the very lovely Jen of Dandelions Inspired. I think, if memory serves, that Jen’s blog was one of the first blogs I followed when I first started damppebbles. If you don’t already, head on over and subscribe!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2020? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers and bookstagrammers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2020. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2020 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes. 😉

Here are the three books Jen chose…

R3C20 142 ostriches

142 Ostriches by April Davila
142 Ostriches is completely different than anything I’ve read this year. It is a debut novel with exquisite writing, characters that jump off of the page, and every single line is meaningful and important. This definitely helps you out of a reading rut when you need something different and special.
Jen’s Review of 142 Ostriches

R3C20 big lies in a small town

Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain
Read this for two strong female characters! This novel includes internal conflict, mystery, racial tension, and flawless descriptions of Edenton, NC. I was completely engrossed in the novel that is also rich with history and lessons.
Jen’s Review of Big Lies in a Small Town

R3C20 the pretenders

The Pretenders by Agatha Zaza
This novel tackles a huge variety of issues in a gripping and addictive way. This is a surprising story about flawed characters and all of the secrets they keep. It also begs the question, “what are you willing to tolerate to be with the one you love?”
Jen’s Review of The Pretenders

Thanks so much, Jen. I love the sound of all three books so they’re going straight on the wish list!

If Jen has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books recommended above, please see the following links:

142 Ostriches by April Davila
Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain
The Pretenders by Agatha Zaza

About Jen:
I’m a wife, mom, and dog mom in Roanoke, VA. I am always reading and more often than not, writing reviews!

Jen’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Dandelions Inspired | Twitter @jenthomason1109Facebook |

If you’re a book blogger, bookstagrammer or an author and you have three books published this year which you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/kHTQeQdiUNZTsW4d6)

#R3COMM3ND3D2020 with #BookBlogger Lisa from Read and Rated (@ReadandRated) #ReadandRated #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #publishedin2020

Welcome to Friday on damppebbles! The weekend is in touching distance and, as it’s Black Friday, bargains galore are to be had. But…asking for a friend…are books included in the Black Friday deals? 🤔

Today I am delighted to welcome a fabulous book blogger to share the book love. It’s the very lovely Lisa of Read and Rated. Lisa’s blog is absolutely gorgeous and well worth checking out. Head on over, say hi and hit the subscribe button.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2020? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers and bookstagrammers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2020. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2020 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes. 😉

Here are the three books Lisa has chosen…

R3C20 The secrets of strangers

The Secrets of Strangers by Charity Norman
Such a simple concept and yet utterly spellbinding. I loved it. All the feels with this one.
Lisa’s Review of The Secrets of Strangers

R3C20 Three Hours

Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton
Ah this book! It broke me in places, being a mum of two boys will have had something to do with that… I just felt every emotion, it is a beautiful yet awful book. Wonderful.
Lisa’s Review of Three Hours

R3C20 stolen children

Stolen Children by Michael Wood
There is a missing child in this series and the author had made this feel so real that I am utterly desperate for him to be found. Fabulous crime thriller that I hope to one day see on TV – like Vera. This is a massively under appreciated series.
Lisa’s Review of Stolen Children

Three brilliant choices, thanks Lisa. I’ve read (and really enjoyed) Stolen Children and I have Three Hours on my terrifying TBR, which I can’t wait to read. And this is the second time we’ve seen The Secrets of Strangers so, along with She Lies Close by Sharon Doering and The Miseducation of Evie Epworth by Matson Taylor, it’s now in join first place! I wonder if one of these three books will be our eventual winner!

If Lisa has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books recommended above, please see the following links:

The Secrets of Strangers by Charity Norman
Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton
Stolen Children by Michael Wood

About Lisa:
I’m ‘that‘ girl, you know the one who always has her nose in a book. The one who always has a book on the go. The one who is reading a different book every time you ask her ‘what ya reading?’; I am her, she is me. I am also the girl who collects authors on twitter – you can find me there as @ReadandRated (where I mainly focus on books….) and also as @CoffeeCurls (where other stuff filters in too).

At ReadandRated.com you can find honest reviews and ratings for books. I also post reviews onto Good Reads, you can access my account there via the widget on the right had side of this blog, and I post reviews onto Amazon. If I review a book for you and you want a review posted onto a particular site just let me know.

Taking part in #R3COMM3ND3D has been difficult as it is SO hard to narrow the answers down to just three books. I would add to this that ANYTHING by Amanda Jennings, Jane Isaac, Lisa Hall, Simon Kernick, Stuart MacBride, Rob Ashman, Noelle Holten and Alison Bruce (to name but a few) is also highly recommended. [Ahem, hold up there! Are these extra #R3Cs?? Adjudictor…??? 😲😂]

I live very near Cambridge with my wonderful family which consists of one great bloke, two great boys and two purrrfect cats and a beautiful black Labrador. The rest of the time I am slightly fixated with cats, coffee and books.

Lisa’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Read and Rated | Twitter @ReadandRated | Twitter @CoffeeCurls | Facebook | Instagram @readandratedbookreviews |

If you’re a book blogger, bookstagrammer or an author and you have three books published this year which you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/kHTQeQdiUNZTsW4d6)

#R3COMM3ND3D2020 with #BookBlogger Sarah Swan (@Sarah_Swan2) #SarahsVignettes #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #publishedin2020

Hello and welcome to damppebbles. Before I go any further I would like to wish all of my American followers a very happy Thanksgiving. I hope you have a wonderful day!

It’s day 26 of this year’s #R3COMM3ND3D and what a gorgeous collection of books we’ve had so far. Adding to the #R3C masterpiece today, I am delighted to welcome another brilliant book blogger. It’s the lovely Sarah of Sarah’s Vignettes. If you don’t already subscribe to Sarah’s blog make sure you head on over and change that.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2020? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers and bookstagrammers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2020. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2020 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes. 😉

Here are Sarah’s three #R3COMM3ND3D2020 picks…

R3C20 below the big blue sky

Below the Big Blue Sky by Anna McPartlin
Below the Big Blue Sky is the sequel to The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes – one of my all time favourite books. It follows Molly Hayes and her family as they navigate life after Rabbit dies from cancer.

The story was everything I had hoped it would be: big-hearted, amusing, compassionate, emotional, and truly Irish. You will laugh through the tears and feel the warmth, compassion and love of the Hayes family radiate from the pages.

Although it is a sequel, it could be read as a stand-alone as Anna McPartlin has carefully weaved enough back story in for each character. However, I do think that it’s worth reading The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes or listening to the audio version to understand this family and their quirks. It will make you appreciate the story even more.
Sarah’s Review of Under a Big Blue Sky

R3C20 the life we almost had

The Life We Almost Had by Amelia Henley
The Life We Almost Had is not a typical love story but it is Adam and Anna’s love story. It is beautiful, heartbreaking, poignant, and sprinkled with a bit of magic.

It is a page turner and could easily be read in one sitting. It has short chapters, which keeps up the pace of the story and some longer ones where it is necessary. There are some heart pounding moments. Just when you think you’ve worked out where it’s going, Amelia Henley pops in a plot twist and bam! You’re off in a completely different direction. The intricacies in the plot and the rich level of detail show that Amelia Henley knows her characters and their stories inside out. This makes for a brilliant read!
Sarah’s Review of The Life We Almost Had

R3C20 under a wartime sky

Under a Wartime Sky by Liz Trenow
Set mainly in Felixstowe, Under a Wartime Sky starts in 1936 and tells the story of how radar was developed at Bawdsey Manor, Suffolk, in the run up to WW2. It is told through the eyes of 2 characters: Kathleen Motts, a local girl, and Vikram Mackensie, a scientist recruited to work on the radar. The story also follows their friendship and slow burning love story whilst telling Bawdsey’s story.

I love books and films set in World War II and I thought I knew a lot about it. However, before reading Under a Wartime Sky, I had never heard of Bawdsey Manor and knew nothing about the important work of the scientists, engineers and WAAF radar operators did there during WW2 and how they helped Britain to win the war.

I loved how Liz Trenow brought Bawdsey’s story, Kathleen and Vikram’s friendship, and the social history of the time together into an enjoyable and important historical read.
Sarah’s Review of Under a Wartime Sky

Some lovely choices, thank you Sarah. I’m delighted to see The Life We Almost Had on your list as, although I haven’t read it myself, I’m a huge fan of the author under another guise.

If Sarah has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books recommended above, please see the following links:

Below the Big Blue Sky by Anna McPartlin
The Life We Almost Had by Amelia Henley
Under a Wartime Sky by Liz Trenow

About Sarah:
Hi, I’m Sarah. I have been reading from a very early age and before I could read, I was always flicking through picture books – I’m sure I was born with a book in my hand!

I read a wide range of genres and I am willing to try most genres once, but I do keep going back to both contemporary and historical fiction more than anything else.

Books are a big part of my life and I started my blog, Sarah’s Vignettes, and my social media pages so I could share my love for them.

Sarah’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Sarah’s Vignettes | Twitter @Sarah_Swan2 | Facebook | Instagram @sarah_swan22 |

If you’re a book blogger, bookstagrammer or an author and you have three books published this year which you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/kHTQeQdiUNZTsW4d6)